Lack of Funding Slows Opening of Two Kentucky Courses

The opening of two much-anticipated golf courses in Kentucky state parks will not open as planned, according to officials. The facilities at the Yatesville and Grayson Lake state parks were slated to debut in spring 2003, but because of inadequate funding, they won’t be greeting golfers until later in the year.

Jim Carroll, information officer for the Kentucky Department of Parks, told the Ashland (Ky.) Daily Independent that the state had allocated money for the initial development of the courses, but there is no money available for such finishing touches as storage buildings, parking lots and pro shops. The initial construction of both courses is on schedule and on budget.

Grayson Lake’s par-72, 7,055-yard layout will cost an estimated $5 million, while the par-71, 6,610-yard course at Yatesville is budgeted for $6 million. Grayson Lake was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, while the Yatesville track is an Arthur Hills’ design.

Regardless of the financial situation, the construction schedule might have been too optimistic anyway. “Even if we get the funding tomorrow,” Carroll said in late August 2002, “They won’t open (next) spring.”

State Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, told the Daily Independent, “I think if (the courses don’t) open on time, it will be because the growing-in period is delayed a little bit.” Though the money to complete the courses wasn’t in Gov. Paul Patton’s 2002 budget proposal, Adkins is confident the money will be allocated. Adkins has filed a budget amendment that would complete the two courses.

“I think everyone knows that it would be a shame to spend all of this money (on constructing the courses) and not be able to finish the project,” Adkins said.